Metaphysic Study

Charmed Series Book of Shadows: Brotherhood of the Thorn

The Brotherhood of the Thorn was an elite society of powerful upper-level demons. An exclusive order of demonic mercenaries, the Brotherhood was formed a century ago by the Source of All Evil.

In recent times, the Brotherhood's goal had been to gain a foothold in the human world by taking over businesses. All of the group's prominent members, except for Klea whose fate is uncertain, have been vanquished.

The Brotherhood answered directly to the Source of All Evil, who in turn personally selected its members. As such, they had a long-running rivalry with the Triad. Each member of the Brotherhood was given a unique athame, which could be recognized by other demons as belonging to a member of the Brotherhood. The members take a blood oath, a lifelong pledge of loyalty that, because of the mixing of blood involved, renders all the Brotherhood's members vulnerable to a single vanquishing potion brewed with the blood of any one of its members.

In 2001, the Brotherhood took over an investment bank that was financing a merger between two ISPs, Luxirom and MetaSatellite. The merged company would have controlled nearly all of the world's internet traffic.

Their involvement was discovered when Phoebe Halliwell vanquished Trigg as he attacked a prophet. Cole recognized his 'brother' and was later able to figure out that the Brotherhood was up to something. He offered to infiltrate them over the Charmed Ones' objections, as they feared his hold on good was still too tenuous. Not surprisingly, the Brotherhood did not trust him, knowing that he had killed the Triad and turned good. They kept such a close watch on him that he was forced to make the Charmed Ones think he had turned evil once more. Ultimately, the sisters were able to stop the merger of the companies.

Raynor and Tarkin kidnapped Cole and took him to the Underworld, believing that they could turn him evil by destroying his love for Phoebe. Raynor also promised Cole the soul of his father.

They eventually forced him to kill a witch the sisters were protecting, temporarily derailing Cole and Phoebe's relationship. Cole then proceeded to stab Raynor and vanquish him, thus ending the Brotherhood as Tarkin had been accidentally vanquished by Piper with her new power of Molecular Combustion.

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